From Sitting on the Ground to Sitting on a Chair: The Evolution of Chinese Furniture
*presented by Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association
The speakers will give a broad outline of the evolution of Chinese furniture from ancient civilization through the centuries, in simple terms, with reference to Chinese antique pieces and anecdotes about the subject.
Andy Hei is a professional dealer with 30 years’ experience in the appraisal and conservation of classical Chinese furniture. He is the second generation of the prominent H.L. Hei family, which has dealt in huanghuali and zitan furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 65 years. From 1989, Andy Hei served as assistant to the New York dealer, Robert H. Ellsworth (1929‐2014), not only in antique dealing, but also in the establishment and management of the Chinese Heritage Art Foundation in Hong Kong. In 1999, Andy Hei established his own gallery, Andy Hei Ltd, on Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s traditional antiques quarter, which has become renowned for fine Chinese antique furniture and works of art.
In 2006, Andy initiated the first annual Hong Kong International Asian Antiques and Arts Fair, which was renamed Fine Art Asia in 2010. Andy has now successfully organised 12 international art fairs in Hong Kong.
With his experience in the Chinese art world and awareness of global art trends, Andy is dedicated to educating young Asian collectors. He has given numerous lectures and seminars at major art and cultural institutions, including Sotheby’s Institute of Arts and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Art Centre, Rotary Club, Lions Clubs etc.
Warren Cheng earned his BA degree from Brown University, USA, with an academic concentration in Business Economics. Upon graduation, he spent a few years at the prestigious management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. Afterwards, he joined his family gallery as a third generation antique dealer. Since then, he has curated exhibitions in both China and Hong Kong, and has published articles and catalogues on a variety of antique‐related subjects.
The gallery, Wui Po Kok Antique Co., Ltd. specialises in ancient Chinese art. Since the 1980s, the founder of the gallery has been active in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Europe and the United States, dealing in ancient Chinese antiques and promoting the appreciation of such art. The gallery deals in a wide range of art forms, from archaic pottery and ancient bronze ritual vessels to Buddhist stone sculptures and Song ceramics. In the few decades of its operation, the gallery has successfully helped international prestigious collectors and museums alike to reach new heights in their collection of Chinese art.